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Activity description

148474 - Responding to the mental health needs of infants and toddlers

RACGP Specific Interests

This webinar examines presentations of mental health difficulties in infants and toddlers from newborns to three years of age. It explores GPs interactions with infants and toddlers and parents in ways that effectively support co-ordinated service responses.

Relevance to General Practice

An Australian study investigating a wide range of risk factors for adult mental health difficulties found that 16.1% of infants had four or more risk factors (Guy, Furber, Leach, & Segal, 2016). Yet a significant number of infants and toddlers in Australia are not recognised as having mental health vulnerabilities or difficulties, and are not receiving supports or accessing services. The question of infant and toddler mental health presentations is one that continues to challenge GPs, particularly those working with families experiencing adversity.

Learning outcomes

  1. Recognise the signs of mental health difficulties in infants and children and enhance the chance of effective treatment and mitigate immediate risks
  2. Identify signs of mental health difficulties in infants and toddlers by the use of helpful conversations with parents.
  3. Use a preventative framework to develop a shared understanding of the child’s mental health with parents.
  4. Make informed decisions around what support is most appropriate for both infants and toddlers and their family.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Children and young people health
  • Psychological health

Partnering organisations

Emerging Minds
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Session summary


Thursday 7 March 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm







All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Sally Wilson
T: 0386990956

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